Friday, July 2, 2010

What If...


It is a rainy day here in Houston to top off a rainy week thanks to Hurricane Alex.  A perfect day for a “What if” game.  We all play it – “What if you could meet one dead person?” or “What if you were shipwrecked on a deserted island?”

My “What if” question for the day is, “What if you had the fame or the resources to establish a charitable foundation, what type would you establish?” There are so many worthy issues and people in need, how do you decide who to direct your energy and resources to support? 

Marcus Luttrell seems to have chosen a perfect fit for him.  If you’re not familiar with the name, he was the lone survivor of Operation Redwing in the desolate mountains of Afghanistan; an operation that claimed the lives of his SEAL teammates and 16 servicemen who were tasked with rescuing him.    His charity – Lone Survivor Foundation  - goes to extraordinary lengths to welcome home, empower and restore American wounded warriors, their families and surviving families.  His foundation kick off took place in Houston last weekend on the 5th anniversary of Operation Redwing.

When I first heard about the Lone Survivor Foundation, its mission made complete sense for Luttrell.  If you want to know more about Marcus and Operation Redwing, pick up his book, Lone Survivor.  This story will leave you in tears with a whole new respect for not just our service men and women, especially our special forces.  They deserve so much for the sacrifices they willing make for our great nation and each of us.

So, the question for you today is, "What if you had the fame or the resources to establish a charitable foundation, what type would you establish?"  

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